December 16, 1952 |
|Alma mater||Harvard Law School
|Spouse(s)||Marty Kaplan (1986-?; divorced; 2 children)|
Susan Estrich (born December 16, 1952) is an American lawyer, professor, author, political operative, feminist advocate, and political commentator for Fox News.
Estrich graduated from Wellesley College in 1974, and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977. In 1976, Estrich was elected the first female president/editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Review.
Estrich served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1988, she was the campaign manager for Michael Dukakis' 1988 presidential run, even though she had never before managed a political campaign. She was the first female campaign manager of a major presidential campaign, and the first female campaign manager of the modern era.  
Estrich appears frequently on Fox News as a legal and political analyst, and has also substituted for Alan Colmes on the debate show Hannity & Colmes. She writes regular articles for the conservative website NewsMax, for which she is a pundit. She is also on the Board of Editorial Contributors for USA Today. She is currently a law professor at the University of Southern California Law School and a political science professor at its affiliated undergraduate school. Before joining the USC faculty in 1989, she was Professor of Law at Harvard University, where she was the youngest woman to receive tenure. On January 10, 2008, Estrich joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, a law firm based in Los Angeles, where she chairs their Public Strategy in High Profile Litigation: Media Relations practice area.  She writes a nationally syndicated print column distributed through Creators Syndicate.
In several of her books, including Sex & Power and The Case for Hillary Clinton, Estrich discusses her experience as a survivor of rape. Her book Real Rape talks about the history of rape law in the United States. In 2004, Estrich challenged Los Angeles Times editorial page editor Michael Kinsley for under-representing women on the editorial page.
Estrich was very outspoken during the 2008 presidential race, particularly on the subject of women in politics in light of the candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. Estrich supported Clinton in the Democratic primaries, but was strongly critical of Palin.
Estrich and the former American Civil Liberties Union president in Massachusetts, Harvey Silvergate, joined attorneys representing two alleged Boston al-Qaeda funders, Emadeddin Z. Muntasser and Muhammed Mubayyid who were indicted on May 11, 2005 for lying about the true nature of their organization and their charitable, tax-exempt activities. In their Oct. 5 2006 motion for dismissal, attorneys Mrs. Estrich, Malick Ghachem, Norman Zalkind and Elizabeth Lunt, argue that the defendants merely exercised their religious freedom and obligation to give “zakat” (Islamic charity). Their motion cites Chapter 9, verse 60 of the Koran, which describes “those entitled to receive zakat.”
In 1986, Estrich married screenwriter, professor and former speechwriter Marty Kaplan, with whom she has a daughter, Isabel, and a son, James. They have since divorced. She is Jewish, having celebrated becoming a Bat Mitzvah at Temple Israel in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and has written about her religion in her column.
- Dangerous Offenders: The Elusive Target of Justice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1985. ISBN 0-674-19065-3.
- Real Rape. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1988. ISBN 0-674-74944-8.
- Making the Case for Yourself: A Diet Book for Smart Women. New York: Riverhead Hardcover. 1997. ISBN 1-57322-083-3.
- Getting Away with Murder: How Politics is Destroying the Criminal Justice System. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1998. ISBN 0-674-35411-7.
- Sex and Power. New York: Riverhead Books. 2001. ISBN 1-57322-893-1.
- How to Get into Law School. New York: Riverhead Trade. 2004. ISBN 1-59448-035-4.
- The Case for Hillary Clinton. New York: Regan Books. 2005. ISBN 0-06-083988-0.
- Soulless: Ann Coulter and the Right-Wing Church of Hate. New York: Regan Books. 2006. ISBN 0-06-124649-2.
- Susan Estrich on imdb.com
- "Eveleth School" http://www.marblehead.com/schools/eveleth/
- No Quarter interview with Susan Estrich npr.org. March 16, 2003.
- New York Times, "First Black Elected to Head Harvard's Law Review." http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE2DC1631F935A35751C0A966958260
- Susan Estrich's Fox News bio foxnews.com
- "Quinn Emanuel's Susan Estrich redefines Multitasking" AM Law Daily. July 2009.
- Kurtz, Howard (March 7, 2005). "For One Ed, Strong Op: Susan Estrich Addresses the Male". Washington Post.
- Susan Estrich on Gender, Missing Voices, and That Nasty Email War, Columbia Journalism Review interview, undated.
- Creators Syndicate, The Heat in the Kitchen
- Creators Syndicate, Sarah Palin mattered
- Susan Estrich on nndb.com
- A Lot Like Christmas
- Susan Estrich at University of Southern California, Gould School of Law